"Regulators Bear Down on Nuke Plant"

"Because problems continue to emerge, federal regulators again are increasing their level of oversight at the troubled Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station."

"On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission notified the Omaha Public Power District that it is creating a special panel of inspectors to oversee improvements and repairs at the reactor.

And the NRC is adding teeth to its authority over when the reactor can restart, said Lara Uselding, commission spokeswoman.

'We'll be watching the plant even more closely,' she said, which includes more inspectors, inspections and restrictions.

The reactor, about 20 miles north of Omaha, has been shut down since April 9, when it was taken off line for routine maintenance. What essentially was a planned two-month outage is heading toward its ninth month as a result of this summer's flooding along the Missouri River."

Nancy Gaarder reports for the Omaha World-Herald December 14, 2011.

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"Regulators Up Scrutiny of Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant After Finding More Problems" (AP)

Source: Omaha World-Herald, 12/14/2011